Seattle's own excellent public radio station, KEXP, has a very informative article by John Richards called Working Towards Radid AirPlay  which offers many suggestions about how indie musicians can get their music played on the radio.  I have one issue with it, however, and that has to do how to get your album to a station in order for them to consider playing it.

He does advocate sending a hard copy of your album, even if you have sent a stream. 

Media formats are constantly evolving. I get music files and streams on a daily basis. It works the same way as records for me. For instance, I recently got the new M83 single sent to me and it hasn’t been on the radio yet. Did I go right to the file and listen? Hell yes — I know M83 is a great band. Was I rewarded by doing this? Hell yes — it sounded great. Now imagine all the other emails I’m getting as well, which are a lot. That’s the nature of the job but you have to remember that. What most stations have is a “MD”, which isn’t a doctor of airplay but a “Music Director”. If you’re a small band, new band, whatever, it’s going to be hard to get their attention. Send it but make sure you let the MD know why they should listen to you and if possible, send a hard copy as well. With a DJ you should do the same. The worse they can do is ignore you. We still have plenty of stations that use CD players.

CDs can be very expensive in small runs.  Then there's the time and the postage to get it into the mail.  Worst of all, since most of songs being sent in will never be chosen to be played on air, it's a total waste of plastic.  My preference would be to send digital FLAC or WAV files, or a physical CD if the station requests it after listening to all or part of the album in a digital stream.

It's great that we live at a time when it's so easy, cheap and environmentally friendly to get your music to a station. 

I went to the open mic at the Slippery Pig Brewery in Poulsbo, WA on Tuesday night.  It has been over two months since I last performed live.

The last few times I was there, very few musicians showed up and the crowd was small.  Tuesday was a welcome surprise because the roster was full and there were some excellent players.

It was the first time that I've ever played keyboard at an open mic.  I usually play guitar.  It sounded very good through the sound system, but on my final song, Your Face, which uses one of the canned rhythm tracks the bass was too loud and it sounded really distorted.  The people at the front table also said it was too loud.  But they must have heard the song because they said they loved it.  Always good to hear that!

 

I discovered a problem with the blog on my Hostbaby website.  If I copy a quote from an article that I'm blogging about, I can't post it into my Hostbaby blog.  I called their tech support about this and the only suggestion the rep had was to paste into an intermediate application like Notepad and then try copying and pasting from there.  It didn't work.

I've never had this problem before.  I've been using Chrome as my browser.  So I tried Firefox.  It wouldn't paste either and gave me a message that it was a security problem so copying and pasting had been turned off.  It said I could enable those features again by changing my preferences, but it would make the browser less secure.  So maybe it's a security issue in Chrome as well.

Finally, I tried using Safari on my iPad and I had no problem copying from an article and pasting it into his blog.  So I guess that will be workaround from now on.

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature.  He's the first songwriter to be awarded the honor.  While Dylan is a great songwriter, who influenced many others, why not Lennon/McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Sufjan Stevens or many of the others who use songs to tell great stories, or to make people think about the important issues in life?  All of the above have impressive and large bodies of work.  Maybe because Dylan is considered the first and because he was adopted as a symbol and spokesman for a generation?

 

There's good news and there's bad news in this article from Billboard.  Music streaming has increased overall revenue, while revenue from sales of digital songs and physical CDs continues to decline.  The statistics are comparing the first half of 2015 to the first half of 2016.

Another bit of good news is that the amount paid to artists per stream increased during that time period.

 

 

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